Time meaning

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Time is defined as the duration in which all things happen, or a precise instant that something happens.

An example of time is the Renaissance era.

An example of time is breakfast at eight o'clock in the morning.

An example of time is a date at noon next Saturday.

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The hour at which a pub closes.
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The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast.
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To record the speed or duration of.

Time a runner.

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The period between two events or during which something exists, happens, or acts; measured or measurable interval.
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To adjust so that a force is applied or an action occurs at the desired time.

Timed his swing so as to hit the ball squarely.

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A precise instant, second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year, determined by clock or calendar; specif., the present instant, determined by clock.

Do you know the time?

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To set the time for (an event or occasion).
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A suitable or opportune moment or season.

A time for taking stock of one's life.

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An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth.

He died before his time. Her time is near.

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The rate of speed of a measured activity.

Marching in double time.

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A time-out.
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Of, relating to, or measuring time.
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Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment.

A time release.

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Of or relating to installment buying.

Time payments.

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To adjust to keep accurate time.
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To set or maintain the tempo, speed, or duration of.

Time a manufacturing process.

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To speculate based on the anticipated short-term performance of (a market).

Time the stock market.

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Indefinite, unlimited duration in which things are considered as happening in the past, present, or future; every moment there has ever been or ever will be.
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A system of measuring duration.

Solar time, standard time.

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Any period in the history of humanity or of the universe, often specif. with reference to a characteristic social structure, set of customs, famous person living then, etc.

Prehistoric times, medieval times, geologic time, Lincoln's time.

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A period of duration set or thought of as set.
  • A period of existence; lifetime.
    His time is almost over.
  • A term of apprenticeship.
  • A term of imprisonment.
  • A term of military service.
  • A period of indenture.
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A period or periods necessary, sufficient, or available for something.

No time for play, to take some time to relax.

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The specific, usual, or allotted period during which something is done.

The runner's time was 1.47 minutes; baking time, 20 minutes.

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Rate of speed in marching, driving, working, etc.

Quick time, double time.

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One of the three unities.
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A unit of quantitative meter; esp., a mora, or short syllable.
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The point at which something has happened, is happening, or will happen; occasion.

Game time is two o'clock.

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The suitable, proper, favorable, or convenient moment.

Now is the time to act.

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Any one of a series of moments at which the same or nearly the same thing recurs; repeated occasion.

Told for the fifth time, time and time again.

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Used to signify that a period of play or activity has ended or that play is temporarily suspended.
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To arrange or set the time of so as to be acceptable, suitable, opportune, etc.

To time an invasion.

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To adjust, set, play, etc. so as to coincide in time with something else.

To time one's watch with another's.

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To regulate (a mechanism) for a given speed or length of operation.
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To set the duration of (a syllable or musical note) as a unit of rhythm.
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To calculate or record the pace, speed, finishing time, etc. of; clock.

To time a runner.

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To move in time; keep time.
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Having to do with time.
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Set or regulated so as to explode, open, etc. at a given time.

A time bomb.

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Payable later or on a specified future date.

A time loan.

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Designating or of any of a series of payments made or to be made over a period of time.

A time payment.

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A continuous, measurable quantity in which events occur in a sequence proceeding from the past through the present to the future.
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A measure of continuity, or duration.
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A certain point in a given duration when something is said to have occurred.
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The period of incarceration of a convicted criminal. See also reasonable time.
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(tennis) Reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause.
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(uncountable) The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past.

Time stops for nobody. the ebb and flow of time.

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A duration of time.
  • (uncountable) A quantity of availability of duration.
    More time is needed to complete the project. You had plenty of time, but you waited until the last minute. Are you finished yet? Time's up!.
  • (countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of progression.
    A long time; Record the individual times for the processes in each batch. Only your best time is compared with the other competitors. The algorithm runs in O(n2) time.
  • (uncountable, slang) The serving of a prison sentence.
    The judge leniently granted a sentence with no hard time. He is not living at home because he is doing time.
  • (countable) An experience.
    We had a wonderful time at the party.
  • (countable) An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs.
    Roman times; the time of the dinosaurs.
  • (uncountable, with possessive) A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day.
    In my time, we respected our elders.
  • (only in singular, sports and figuratively) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
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An instant of time.
  • (uncountable) How much of a day has passed; the moment, as indicated by a clock or similar device.
    Excuse me, have you got the time? What time is it, do you guess? Ten o'clock? A computer keeps time using a clock battery.
  • (countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially with prepositional phrase or imperfect subjunctive).
    It's time for bed; it's time to sleep; we must wait for the right time; it's time we were going.
  • (countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment.
    At what times do the trains arrive?; these times were erroneously converted between zones.
  • (countable) An instance or occurrence.
    When was the last time we went out? I don't remember.
    See you another time; that's three times he's made the same mistake.
    Okay, but this is the last time. No more after that!.
  • (UK, of pubs) Closing time.
    Last call: it's almost time.
  • The hour of childbirth.
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(countable) The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.

Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.

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(countable) Ratio of comparison.

Your car runs three times faster than mine; that is four times as heavy as this.

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(grammar, dated) Tense.

The time of a verb.

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(music) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division.

Common or triple time; the musician keeps good time.

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To measure or record the time, duration, or rate of.

I used a stopwatch to time myself running around the block.

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To choose when something begins or how long it lasts.

The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Super Bowl.

The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.

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To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
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To measure, as in music or harmony.
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Payable on a future date or dates.
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The usual, natural, traditional, or appointed moment for something to happen, begin, or end [time to get up]
  • The moment of death.
    His time is close at hand.
  • The end of a period of pregnancy; moment of giving birth.
    Her time had come.
  • One's turn at something.
    A time at bat.
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against time
  • With a quickly approaching time limit:.
    Worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.
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any time
  • Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
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at one time
  • Simultaneously.
  • At a period or moment in the past.
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at the same time
  • However; nonetheless.
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at times
  • On occasion; sometimes.
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behind the times
  • Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
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for the time being
  • Temporarily.
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from time to time
  • Once in a while; at intervals.
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high time
  • The appropriate or urgent time:.
    It's high time that you started working.
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in good time
  • In a reasonable length of time.
  • When or before due.
  • Quickly.
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in no time
  • Almost instantly; immediately.
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in time
  • Before a time limit expires.
  • Within an indefinite time; eventually:.
    In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
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on time
  • According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
  • By paying in installments.
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time after time
  • Again and again; repeatedly.
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time and again
  • Again and again; repeatedly.
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time of (one's) life
  • A highly pleasurable experience:.
    We had the time of our lives at the beach.
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time on (one's) hands
  • An interval with nothing to do.
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time was
  • There was once a time:.
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about time
  • A phrase used to convey that something that has happened was overdue.
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abreast of the times
  • Up-to-date, as in ideas, fashions, etc.; modern.
  • Informed about current matters.
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against time
  • In an effort to finish in a given time.
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ahead of time
  • Sooner than due; early.
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all the time
  • Often, regularly, or constantly.
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at one time
  • Simultaneously.
  • Formerly.
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at the same time
  • Simultaneously; in the same period.
  • Nonetheless; however.
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at times
  • Occasionally; sometimes.
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behind the times
  • Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
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behind time
  • Late.
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between times
  • At intervals, as between other events or actions.
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do time
  • To serve a prison term.
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for the time being
  • For the present; temporarily.
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from time to time
  • At intervals; now and then.
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gain time
  • To go too fast.
  • To prolong a situation until a desired occurrence can take place.
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in good time
  • At the proper time.
  • In a creditably short time; quickly.
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in no time
  • Almost instantly; very quickly.
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in time
  • In the course of time; eventually.
  • Before it is too late.
  • Keeping the set rhythm, tempo, pace, etc.
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keep good (or bad, etc.) time
  • To register the elapsing of time or adhere to a meter in an accurate (or inaccurate, etc.) manner.
    A clock, drummer, etc. that keeps good time.
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keep time
  • To maintain a set rhythm, beat, tempo, etc.
    The drummers kept time for the marching band.
  • To mark or note the elapsing of time.
    A referee assigned to keep time.
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lose no time
  • To act or respond promptly.
    The ambulance lost no time in getting here.
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lose time
  • To go too slow.
  • To let time go by without advancing one's objective.
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make time
  • To compensate for lost time by going faster.
  • To travel, work, etc. at a specified, esp. fast, rate of speed.
    We made (good) time between Boston and Albany.
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make time with
  • To succeed in attracting or having an affair with (a person).
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many a time
  • Often; frequently.
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not give someone the time of day
  • To refuse to speak to or be polite to someone.
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on one's own time
  • During time for which one is not paid; during other than working hours.
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on time
  • At the appointed time; punctual or punctually.
  • With the agreement that payment will be made in installments over a period of time.
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out of time
  • Not at the usual time; unseasonable.
  • Not keeping the set rhythm, tempo, pace, etc.
  • With all allotted or available time having elapsed.
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pass the time
  • To fill a span of time, as with some pleasant diversion.
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pass the time of day
  • To exchange a few words of greeting, etc.
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(have) the time of one's life
  • (have) an experience of great pleasure.
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time after time
  • Again and again; continually.
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time is money
  • A proverb meaning that delay and inefficiency are equivalent to a monetary loss.
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time of life
  • Age (of a person).
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time on one's hands
  • An interval with nothing to do.
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time out of mind
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time was
  • There was a time.
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time will tell
  • A proverb meaning that some time will pass before an outcome or result is known or confirmed.
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Origin of time

  • Middle English from Old English tīma dā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English time, tyme, from Old English tÄ«ma (“time, period, space of time, season, lifetime, fixed time, favorable time, opportunity"), from Proto-Germanic *tÄ«mô (“time"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÄ«- (“time"). Cognate with Scots tym, tyme (“time"), Alemannic German Zimen, ZÄ«mmän (“time, time of the year, opportune time, opportunity"), Danish time (“stound, hour, lesson"), Swedish timme (“stound, hour"), Norwegian time (“time, stound, hour"), Faroese tími (“hour, lesson, time"), Icelandic tími (“time, season"). See also tide.
    From Wiktionary